It still remains to be seen whether the tennis star will finally claim her 22nd Grand Slam victory, a feat she has been working on since September, when she unexpectedly lost at the U.S. Open. This year, Williams lost to Kerber in the final round of the Australian Open. Her hopes were dashed again during the finals of the French Open when she fell to Garbine Muguruza.
Through all of her wins (and losses) at Grand Slam tournaments over the years, Williams has also wowed the crowd with her fashion choices. This year at Wimbledon, her trendy white dress has generated plenty of buzz, and not all of it has been positive. Some fans have been complaining about the see-through white top.
But Williams, of course, is more focused on her performance. And her Nike kicks continue to help her go far in many major tournaments. Over the years, she’s hit the court in bright designs that pop with hues of pink, purple, yellow, green and other standout colors.
This year at Wimbledon, Williams is wearing a crisp white version of her signature sneaker, the NikeCourt Flare, which is available now on Nike.com for $200. She has been wearing the shoes since the 2015 Australian Open, and each pair embodies Williams’ unique style. Case in point: Even at Wimbledon, where the dress code calls for traditional tennis whites, she managed to slip in a little personality by featuring her heart logo on the shoe’s back pull tab.
At Thursday’s semifinal match, Williams had another good luck charm as well. Kate Middleton, in Rupert Sanderson pumps, was on hand to watch Williams’ quick and decisive semifinal victory over Elena Vesnina — and the Duchess of Cambridge even greeted the tennis star in the locker room after the match. (Middleton even popped up on William’s buzzed-about Snapchat.)
For a closer look at Williams’ best Nike looks during the past several years — and many Grand Slams — click through the gallery.